NCHA Member Alert – New self-isolation advice for Covid-19 and opportunity for HCPC registrants – 18 May 2020

NCHA Member Alert – New self-isolation advice for Covid-19 and opportunity for HCPC registrants - 18 May 2020
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NCHA Member Alert – New self-isolation advice for Covid-19 and opportunity for HCPC registrants – 18 May 2020

 

New case definition of Covid-19 

The UK Chief Medical Officers have now added anosmia to the list of reasons people should self-isolate. 

Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked. 

Adding it to the list means that from today:

  • Individuals will need to self-isolate immediately if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste (anosmia)
  • All members of their household must also self-isolate according to current guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. 

Please note, ENT UK had previously raised concerns about the increased incidence of anosmia in Covid-19 patients earlier in the pandemic. 

 

Opportunity for HCPC registrants 

HCPC registrants can now register an interest to join the virtual frontline as contact caseworkers. 

This will involve using clinical skills to help support the NHS while working from home. 

Places are likely to be limited, so if you are interested register an interest as soon as possible. 

You can learn more by visiting the NHS Professionals website. This includes the job description, FAQs and more detailed information. You can also register your interest on the same page. Learn more.